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Thomas Vanek's stint on Long Island only last part of the 2013-14 season, but the winger genuinely seemed to enjoy his time with the Islanders.

He enjoyed it so much so that he was "very close" to staying with the team long term. Vanek created a lot of chemistry with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares during his time with the Isles and had nothing but good memories of the team.

"I only have good things to say," Vanek told reporters Tuesday morning. "Only thing I wish that is the team would stay here on the Island and not move. Besides that it was a great time."

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek was on Long Island for less then two days before he was thrust into his first game as a member of the New York Islanders, a game against the rival New York Rangers, no less.?The new Islander saw 19:49 of ice time Tuesday night and had one shot on net in his debut."First of all, I thought the atmosphere was great," Vanek said after the loss. "I haven?t been in a game like that in a long time."The former member of the Buffalo Sabres played on a line with Kyle Okposo and star John Tavares. It was the same line that he had practiced with the day prior during a skate at Nassau Coliseum.Vanek thought his new line played decent, but he knew there was still room to improve."Our line was OK, but we had some good moments and still trying to feel each other out," he said. "Johnny is so creative with the puck, so I need to watch some video and see his tendencies. Same with Kyle here and get better."Tavares, who's best friend Matt Moulson was included in the the deal that brought Vanek to Long Island, also said that the line played "OK," though he knows with time things are going to click faster."I think we did some good things, obviously at times it was back and forth," Tavares said. "I think it was just the way the game was kind of going. You can tell he?s great around the net and strong on the puck. I don?t think it?s going to take too much time getting used to playing with a guy like him, who can make plays."I?ll just try and work on some different things the next couple days to be better on the weekend."There were certain points in Tuesday's that you could see a bit of chemistry being formed by Okposo, Tavares and Vanek, but at others points they still did not look completely comfortable with one another."I told them, Kyle and Johnny, talk to me a lot and those guys are great players," Vanek Said. "They?re letting me know where they?re at and what they see. Chemistry just doesn?t happen, you have to practice at it. A few plays we lost the puck. We thought we could have had a quick chance, but we?ll do better."
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It's?almost?getting a little ridiculous at this point how various stipulations in the Vanek-Moulson trade are continuing to leak out, but that is how it's happening. This one certainly benefits the Islanders. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Islanders have the option of deferring the first round pick they gave Buffalo from 2014 to 2015, if the Isles falter and the pick ends up in the top 10 this season.
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According to TSN's Bob McKenzie?as part of Sunday's trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders, the Sabres retained part of Vanek's salary as part of the deal. McKenzie estimates it to be about "20% of Vanek's remaning salary" for this season, which amounts to "approx $1.4 million."Crunching the numbers, this means that the Islanders gave up the remaining ~$3.4 million of Moulson's salary. Moulson was due $3.9 million this year and was paid about $500k for the 10 games he spent on Long Island.Vanek, on the other hand, was due $6.4 million in actual salary this year with roughly $1 million already paid out this season. That means the Islanders would be on the hook for $5.4 million of his salary the rest of the way. However, factoring in McKenzie's report that Buffalo is eating $1.4 million of that means the Islanders are on the hook for as little as $4 million.Thus, the salaries for Vanek and Moulson paid out for the rest of the year by the Islanders would be approximately equal; $3.9 million to Moulson had they kept him and now $4 million to Vanek. The Islanders salary obligations are basically the same as they would have been had the trade not occurred despite Vanek's larger salary.Actually, I used the wrong numbers there. So, the Islanders would have owed Moulson $3.4 million if they kept him compared to $4 million with Vanek currently. So that's a salary increase in the neighborhood of $600,000.Alternatively, Sports Net reports that the Islanders did see a $1.4 million increase in salary in the deal, even after factoring in the retained salary. They did not explain how they got to that figure.[sny-box]New York is among the lowest spenders in the NHL and may have needed part of Vanek?s salary to be held back in order to remain under an internal budget. After all, they still added money in this transaction with Vanek due about $1.4-million more than Moulson this season even with the retained salary factored in. It wasn?t publicly disclosed that the Sabres were keeping nearly a fifth of Vanek?s salary when the trade was announced Sunday night. It also didn?t come up when either GM subsequently met the media. In summing-up the deal, Garth Snow told reporters on Long Island that ?we paid a price to get a quality player.?[/sny-box]
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It's hockey day on Long Island, time to watch actual games as the Islanders take on the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum (game preview to come). It's probably a good thing that there is an actual, tangible game tonight so that we can all stop yelling about that trade thing that happened on Sunday night. Here's a final wrap up on some interesting stories that we missed...Try not to get price gouged at Gulf gas stations, like Eric Hornick almost did.Vanek wasn't interested in being a part of the Sabres rebuild, no not one bit. (Yahoo)[sny-box]Vanek said he was shocked when he received the news after 8 p.m. ET Sunday night from Regier. But he wasn?t surprised.?We traded pretty much every veteran,? said Vanek after his first practice with the Islanders. ?The message was clear that they?re going for draft picks. I think our last game we played four teenagers. Good, young players, but young players take time. I enjoyed my time there, but I didn?t want to be a part of that.??You train all summer long, practice every day and you want to be on a competitive team that has a chance and right now we struggled there,? Vanek said. ?It?s hard to leave when you do struggle. I was one of the leaders, but at the same time the reality it?s business and I?m happy to be an Islander.?[/sny-box]John Tavares' thoughts on Moulson getting traded, and in defense of his former teammate. (Eyes on Isles)[sny-box]"Shocked like everyone else. Big move for a guy that was a big part of this hockey for a long time... As a group, we?re excited about having Thomas and we wish him only the best. Got to move on and be ready to play tomorrow."You know, I don?t think Matt?s ever gotten the credit he deserves for a lot of the success I?ve had over the years. The things he?s done so well. The little things he?s done to help my game [...] [L]iving together our first year, and door-to-door neighbors our second ?year [...] the impact he made, him and his family, and how much they helped me off the ice [...] words cannot describe how much he was there for me.?[/sny-box]Over at the Score, Dave Lozo has a conspiracy theory on the trade. The Islanders didn't want to pay both Moulson and Vanek, which is why it was Moulson going and not a prospect (full disclosure; Lozo doesn't believe Vanek is much of an upgrade). So instead of paying Moulson four or five million, you try to pay Vanek seven because the owner will bite on a $3-4 million payroll increase but not a $7 million one.[sny-box]In 2013, Jarome Iginla was worth a first-round pick and two prospects. In 2008, Marian Hossa (and Pascal Dupuis) was worth Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a first-round pick. In 2007, Ryan Smyth was worth Robert Nilsson, Ryan O?Marra and a first-round pick.Trades are like snowflakes, but generally speaking it requires a first-round pick and a prospect or two to acquire a talented scorer on an expiring contract at the trade deadline.[/sny-box]His conclusion:[sny-box]Based on all the other factors, it seems like Regier either fleeced Snow or, at the very least, took advantage of a GM whose owner isn?t willing to spend an additional $7 million over the rest of the season.[/sny-box]I'm not sure I buy all of it, but it's an interesting take, plausible, and worth the read.Missed this over the weekend; Rick DiPietro has joined the AHL's Charlotte Checkers (Carolina affiliate) on a tryout contract.Moulson and Vanek both wear #26. To make things easy on fans with defunct jerseys, the Buffalo Sabres are offering free name plate switches. Your move, Islanders.And finally, Ken from Medford retires his Moulson shirt:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957A12SO2HM
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Via TSN's Scott Cullen: [sny-box]Even this season, with his most common linemates including Cody Hodgson, Steve Ott and Drew Stafford, Vanek is generating a career-high 3.85 shots per game, playing a career-high 18:37 per game, but he's scored on a career-low 8.0% of his shots, well below his career average of 15.1%, so if Vanek continues to get significant ice time with the Islanders and he can continue to generate shots at this rate, he could put up some big numbers by season's end.Pro-rating his shots per game, combined with his career-shooting percentage in the 71 games the Islanders have remaining, would give Vanek 41 goals, in addition to the four he has already. Of course, Vanek may not score at his career rate or generate shots at the same rate that he has through 13 games with the Sabres this season, but if 45 goals is the upside based on those numbers, it's certainly reasonable to expect 30-35 goals.[/sny-box]
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The Islanders are skating at the Coliseum and have been joined by Thomas Vanek. Their practice lines are as follows:Vanek - Tavares - OkposoBouchard - Nielsen - BaileyGrabner - Nelson - Regin - ClutterbuckMartin - Cizikas - McDonald - BoultonAnd here's your first look at Vanek:https://twitter.com/sealshockey/status/394850769578369025Meanwhile, in Buffalo:https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/394832015935430656
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The Islanders traded Matt Moulson, a 2014 first rounder and a 2015 second round to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek. It's an interesting swap of pending free agents early in the season, something not usually seen in the NHL. Both players were potentially headed to unrestricted free agency in the summer and both teams get something they want for said players that may not have stayed around.What the Sabres get: Picks. The Sabres, who are terrible despite beating the Islanders last week, get two draft picks that will be important to their rebuild. Vanek was the team's last legitimate offensive threat and now they can start bringing in youth to begin again. The funny thing here is that Moulson may not end up being a Sabre at the end of the season. There's the very real scenario where Buffalo could move him again before the deadline for more draft picks. In fact, that might be the best thing for the Sabres to do. Moulson is certainly a talented player but they may be better off moving him for picks rather than spending money on a player who could be 34 or older by the time the rebuild actually gets off the ground.What the Islanders get: An elite offensive playmaker. Vanek is the sniper and playmaker that Islanders fans have been yelling for to put on John Tavares' wing. Seriously, if you're not acquainted with what Vanek can do, you should go take a look. He's Austrian, so it might be fair to say he's a more talented Michael Grabner, minus the blazing wheels. Vanek has great hands and an excellent ability to make defenders miss and finish the play. The Islanders do, also, lose one of Tavares' wingers. But with Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner playing well plus Ryan Strome in the system, maybe the Islanders think that they will be able to figure out the left wing spot (Vanek is a right wing).Two different types of players: While their statistics may look somewhat similar, please be aware that Vanek and Moulson are two totally different players. Moulson is the grinder who plants himself in front of the net, pots rebounds and sets up in the low slot or circle for his patented one-timer finishes. Vanek is not that player; he is more of dangler who will make some eye-popping dekes, can finish up close by making goaltenders look silly and is a sniper to boot. Moulson will beat a goalie up close by setting himself up for a one-timer or slamming home a rebound while Vanek will flick his wrist and go top shelf or make a slick move. They're both good at what they do -- scoring goals, that is -- but they do it in two entirely different ways. Also; Vanek can drive the play and carry the puck into the zone, something Moulson is not adept at.Giving up the picks: Ok, so the Islanders did give up two draft picks in the deal. Not only that, one was a first rounder. The Islanders were a playoff team last year and picked 15th. And everyone would like the Islanders to do better than they did last year, right? Right.?So Snow is betting that the Islanders first round pick will end up in the 16-30 range. There's a big drop off in talent between being in the top five and in the bottom ten of the first round. If the Islanders do manage to be in the lower portion of the first round, it won't be quite as big a deal losing the pick plus it means Vanek has likely panned out and helped with a successful season. That said, if the Islanders pick in the top 10, clearly something went awry.Can the Isles re-sign or trade Vanek??Here's the part that likely determines if the Islanders "win" this trade or, more accurately, if it works out for them. The Islanders certainly cannot let Vanek walk for nothing on July 1st. That's two picks down the drain plus losing most of the good faith you had built up in Moulson to re-sign him. So they either need to try and get a deal done with Vanek in-season (a certainty that they will try) and if they can't, they can send him packing for other assets at the deadline. It won't be a Moulson and two picks type return, but it will salvage something. Vanek will be expensive to re-sign, too. His current cap hit is $7.1 million and he hasn't done a lot recent to show that he doesn't deserve that kind of money, as he continues to be a consistent point per game player. This deal signifies the Islanders would very much like to sign Vanek and maybe they decided that breaking the bank and paying someone more than Tavares was worth Vanek and not Moulson, who could easily fetch more than $5 million on the open market.Vanek keen on Minnesota? There's been a lot of speculation about what team's name will be on the contract when Vanek puts his John Hancock on his next deal. Most of the speculation is that Vanek wants to go to the Minnesota Wild, as he played two years of college hockey at the University of Minnesota. The Wild are at one disadvantage, they don't have the cap space to pay Vanek. Well, they don't right now. Dany Heatley and his $7.5 million cap hit comes off of their books at the end of the year so they could make room. But it'll be tough. They are still paying Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu all north of $6.5 million per year. The Islanders have a clear advantage here and have fired the first shot in the Battle of Vanek.The Big Question: Who Won This Deal?For now, I would argue that the Sabres won this deal for their purposes and the Islanders got a fair deal. The Sabres were not going to re-sign Vanek, this is no secret. They get picks for plus a tradable asset in Moulson. For the Islanders, they paid a fair price for an elite player. The first round draft pick could be late in the first, which would be nice. But the big thing is Vanek. If they don't get a signature from him or, failing that, are unable to trade him for useful picks or players it's a total loss. We'll be able to better evaluate this at the end of the year but right now, it's certainly a high-risk, high-reward gamble that is very rare to see out of Garth Snow.
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For the past half-decade, give or take, of this rebuild GM Garth Snow has focused on drafting and improving the Islanders from within and not via trades. Of course, it was a splashy trade that got the rebuild going, when Snow traded for Ryan Smyth at the deadline in 2007. Most of the trades the team has engaged in have been to acquire draft picks, many of which are now skating in Bridgeport or at the Coliseum.?By trading Matt Moulson, a five-year Islanders veteran, Snow has made a big trade and sent away one of the "core" Islander players that the team was building around. A big, splashy trade and moving one of the pivotal players in the lineup is a new territory for the rebuild. It's a big shake up for the team and fanbase, which is, apparently, how Snow intended it."I didn't like the way we?d been playing. We?re better than our record indicates and we need to take the next step,"?Snow told Arthur Staple of Newsday.?"I can tell you I?m not happy with where we are record-wise. We?re better than this. I wasn?t going to sit by and let games pass."The Islanders are off to a 4-3-3 start that has been consistently inconsistent, with big wins over the Penguins and Coyotes, but bad losses to basement teams such as the Flyers and the very Sabres the Islanders just traded with.With the trade, the Islanders get an elite, playmaking wing to pair with their elite, playmaking center John Tavares. But they paid a fair price in sniper and crease-crasher Matt Moulson and two draft picks. The team will have all season to try and re-sign Vanek or trade him again later on before the trade deadline."We had an opportunity to acquire an elite player and given where we we are right now, you go for it,"?Snow told TSN's Bob McKenzie.?"If we hadn't drafted so well, if we didn't have good prospects, we couldn't afford to take the risk."
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The Islanders have traded Matt Moulson, the team's 2014 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Thomas Vanek.The 29-year-old Vanek played 13 games with Buffalo this season, notching nine points (four goals and five assists).In his nine-year NHL career, he's scored 254 goals and 243 assists for 497 points with a plus-29 rating in 598 career games. His best season came in 2006-07, averaging over a point per game with 84 points (43 goals and 41 assists) in 82 games, while leading the NHL in plus/minus rating with a plus-47 ratingHe was named co-captain of the Sabres this season and has worn the ?C? during the team?s home games. Full release from the Islanders below:UNIONDALE, NY (October 27, 2013) ? The New York Islanders announced today that they have acquired Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a first round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft and a second round selection in 2015.Vanek, 29, joins the Islanders after playing in 13 games with Buffalo this season, accumulating nine points (four goals and five assists). He was named co-captain of the Sabres this season and has worn the ?C? during the team?s home games. The Vienna, Austria native has played nine NHL seasons, totaling 254 goals and 243 assists for 497 points with a plus-29 rating in 598 career games. Vanek had a career year in 2006-07, averaging over a point per game with 84 points (43 goals and 41 assists) in 82 games, while leading the NHL in plus/minus rating with a plus-47 rating. Vanek led Buffalo in power-play goals in seven of his nine seasons in the league and finished first in the NHL with 20 in 2008-09. The 6?2, 217 pound left wing has played in 36 career NHL playoff games, totaling 20 points (15 goals and five assists). The Sabres selected Vanek in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, making him the highest selected Austrian hockey player in league history. He represented Buffalo at the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal, QC. Internationally, Vanek has represented Austria the World Junior Championships (2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04) and World Championships (2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13). Prior to his professional career, Vanek played two seasons at the University of Minnesota (WCHA). Each season he averaged well over a point per game, totaling 113 points (57 goals and 56 assists) in 83 games with the Golden Gophers.
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